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  • dw
    Article: Apr 14, 2020

    David Wood the Liberal Democrat Suffolk Councillor for Peninsular has just posted an update of actions underway at the Couny Council. You can see his full report here https://southsuffolklibdems.org.uk/en/page/latest-news-from-suffolk-councillor-david-wood

    To read the article, click local news / Peninsular division

  • Cllr. Bryn Hurren
    Article: Apr 13, 2020

    Wth the Covid 19 lockdown still in place Bryn Hurren the Liberal Democrat Councillor for Box Vale gives an update on what is happening locally. Please go to https://southsuffolklibdems.org.uk/en/page/latest-news-from-councillor-bryn-hurren

  • mmmm (Photo by Shane Rounce on Unsplash)
    Article: Mar 26, 2020

    Babergh and Mid Suffolk's waste team have decided, to protect residents, staff and services in response to the current COVID-19 situation,
    to suspend garden waste collections until further notice to allow them to prioritise essential collections (general rubbish, medical as well as recycling).

    To help residents and businesses, the Council have created a dedicated page on their website with the most up to date status of collections during this time which will continue to be update as required over the coming weeks.

    You can find the page at https://www.babergh.gov.uk/waste-services/covid-19-collection-changes/ It includes advice on disposing of waste for those self-isolating, as well as further information for garden waste subscribers.

  • Article: Mar 14, 2020

    We live in strange times! The announcement yesterday that the English local elections have been deferred by a year actually has no consequence for us as (thankfully) none were due to take place apart from the Police and Crime Commissioner election .

    Although it may still seem a long way off we are soon to begin the process of selecting candidates for the County Council elections in May 2021.

  • key
    Article: Mar 4, 2020

    1. Dave Busby Liberal Democrat Councillor for Copdock and Washbrook is often asked why it seems planning applications are invariably agreed. To give an insight into how the process works Dave has put together the summary below which illustrates why one recent application was rejected

    The Babergh Planning Committee recently decided upon an application for 45 houses in Bentley. What were the factors that made them refuse the application in line with the officer's recommendation? We all know that we have to build more houses but the burden is falling disproportionally on those villages surrounding Ipswich. Wolsey Grange about 1100, Capel St Mary 750, Copdock 250, East Bergholt 250 and Bentley about 50. All with no promise of any improvement in road infrastructure and cuts in bus services.

    This application had many things counting against it as outlined in the officers report:

  • df
    Article: Dec 1, 2019

    For the first time in living memory we held our AGM in the middle of a General Election Campaign. Members had the opportunity to listen to David Beavan our Candidate explain what were some of the main elements of the Liberal Democrats vision for a better Britain. The mood of the meeting was very positive reflecting the three-fold growth in membership since 2016 and the increase of 50% in this year alone

  • Article: Oct 27, 2019

    With speculation about an election growing some people prefer to get their latest news on what is going on from Facebook. Here in South Suffolk we have our own Facebook page which will keep you up to date with local LibDem news. You can find us at:


    Our candidate David Beavan has his twitter account at @db4southsuffolk

  • Article: Oct 27, 2019

    One of our local members writes regularly to our local MP about issues of the day. Whilst not everything written necessarily reflects Party policy, it nonetheless is an interesting commentary on current events. His other letters can be found at https://www.dearjames.uk/

    Dear James,
    It was all so well planned. There would be warning ads and commemorative coins to celebrate October 31st when Boris would win his great prize. But it was not to be. Haven't we been here before? Anyone remember Mrs May?
    Instead, last week we saw Boris visiting hospitals or sitting, out-sized in mini-sized chairs, in primary schools. In the hospitals he is jacket-less and wears the regulation, rolled up sleeves while his efforts to summon up the energy to speak to the staff and patients are betrayed by a look of desperation bordering on bemusement. You can sense his minders somewhere out of camera saying, 'Come on Bojo. Bear up! One last push!' In the schools he is more smartly dressed as he strains to show interest amongst the chalk and crayons to the eager young eyes that look up to this strange figure from a place called Westminster. Young eyes not yet old enough to see the emptiness of his presence and the guile of his intentions. For Boris is in election mode even as on Friday he cancelled his Commons Liaison Committee appearance for the third time. Like Cummings, already in contempt for failing to answer a summons to appear before a select committee, Boris does not see himself as accountable to parliament but only to himself. He must be seen to be Prime Ministerial even if it is just to primary school kids and grateful NHS patients.
    Boris is now in full survival mode, James. As the 'Do or Die' deadline approaches, (4 days 12 hours, thirty minutes and twenty seconds) Bojo has lost his mojo and knows he must distract the population from the failure of his bling and bluster strategies of the last three months. The thing to remember is that politics, to Boris, is all about game playing. For him, life is a sport and sport is about moving the pieces, deceiving the opposition, doing whatever it takes to win. He does not know what it means to be responsible other than being responsible to himself alone. Boris is of a type. Born to rule those around him, he is Trump, he is Dutarte, he is Mussolini. The man is genetically and profoundly autocratic. Life is to be played and the reward is position and adulation. Except that these things are now disappearing before his eyes. Boris is in deep trouble.
    On Friday he was insisting that he had won approval for his 'new deal'. He had not. It was only a Second Reading. Parliament had insisted on much more time to scrutinize the deal and he had refused to timetable it and had therefore 'paused' the operation. What was he afraid of? The detailed scrutiny that would have demolished the 'deal' which avoided the previous Irish Backstop by effectively cutting Northern Ireland off from the UK? Now, instead, Boris was demanding an election on December 12th. Except that he had long ago engineered his own minus 45 seat minority in that parliament and so Parliament would not play ball. What rotters! What bounders! The whole lot of them should be defenestrated forthwith!
    So for the moment Boris continues to hold on to the threat of a no-deal exit until the EU decides this week on the exact length of an extension to Article 50. If you don't accept an election, said the Chancellor, Sajid Javid, the government would simply 'go on strike' and lay motions "again and again" until other parties agree to go to the polls. You can see the picture, Parliament is blocking Boris's deal. MPs are the scoundrels in a 'Zombie Parliament'. To quote Geoffrey Cox. 'Parliament is dead'!
    Parliament is not dead. It is very much alive and kicking. Boris is swinging in the breeze. Whatever trust he had, has gone. Yesterday the FT revealed a leak showing the UK government willing to consider divergence from EU standards on labour rights despite the EU's requirement for a level playing field. Another deception. Like his attempt at a five week prorogation of parliament, like his three day 'scrutiny of his 'new deal', like his abandonment of the DUP - the list of betrayals goes on.
    So as Boris pulls the ads, junks the coins and, in schoolrooms and NHS wards around the country, sits out the dying hours of his 'do or die' strategy, I have one question for you James. Would you trust Boris Johnson with your kids or doctors, let alone your nation?
    I wouldn't. And neither would the vast majority of responsible people in our country.
    Such a pity!